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DONS SEEK TO RUN CELTIC CLOSER

DONS SEEK TO RUN CELTIC CLOSER

Having finished 17 points behind Scottish champions Celtic last term, Aberdeen must look to marry European ambitions with a strong title challenge this time around, starting with this weekend's trip to Dundee United.

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FRENCH HEAVYWEIGHTS FACE OFF

FRENCH HEAVYWEIGHTS FACE OFF

French champions Paris Saint-Germain and last season's Ligue 1 runners-up Olympique Lyon face each other in the Trophee des Champions in Monteal, Canada on Saturday.

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UP FOR THE CUP

UP FOR THE CUP

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and DFB Pokal winners Wolfsburg take on each other in the DFL-Supercup at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday.

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Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out of the Supercoppa Italiana clash with Lazio on August 8 through injury.
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and DFB Pokal winners Wolfsburg take on each other in the DFL-Supercup at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday.
Vlad Chiriches has completed a move from Tottenham to Napoli.
Kevin De Bruyne could miss Wolfsburg's German Super Cup clash with Bayern Munich this weekend after picking up a knock in training.
Besiktas have confirmed that they have secured the services of Mario Gomez from Fiorentina on a one-year loan deal with an option to make the transfer permanent.
Spain's World Cup winner Sergio Ramos has agreed a new contract to remain at Real Madrid until 2020, according to media reports.
Harry Kane scored a screamer but the MLS All-Stars held on to beat Tottenham 2-1 in Denver on Wednesday.
Juventus have recorded a narrow 2-1 win over Lechia Gdansk in Wednesday afternoon's friendly match in Poland.
Marco Reus will stay at Borussia Dortmund despite speculation that he might move, his agents have confirmed.
Super Lig side Besiktas have confirmed they are in negotiations with Fiorentina over a move for striker Mario Gomez.
French champions Paris Saint-Germain and last season's Ligue 1 runners-up Olympique Lyon face each other in the Trophee des Champions in Monteal, Canada on Saturday.
Having finished 17 points behind Scottish champions Celtic last term, Aberdeen must look to marry European ambitions with a strong title challenge this time around, starting with this weekend's trip to Dundee United.
Real Madrid have won the International Champions Cup after defeating AC Milan 10-9 on penalties following a 0-0 draw in Shanghai on Wednesday.
Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has dismissed suggestions Kevin De Bruyne could be on his way to Bayern Munich as part of a deal that would see Mario Gotze move in the opposite direction.
South Korea’s Chung Mong-joon says he will run against Michel Platini to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA’s next president.
Ajax threw away a two-goal cushion to draw 2-2 with 10-man Rapid Vienna in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round clash.
Manchester United's defenders were put to the sword as Paris Saint-Germain won the United States leg of the International Champions Cup thanks to a 2-0 victory in Chicago on Wednesday.
Ronald Koeman maintains his Dutch coaching pedigree and experience at Vitesse will not necessarily serve as an advantage ahead of the first leg of Southampton's UEFA Europa League third qualifying round tie.
Scottish champions Celtic have been handed a major boost on the cusp of the new season with the news that Craig Gordon has extended his contract until 2018.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has joined Roma on a season-long loan deal.

Wladimir Klitschko believes he has never seen another boxer with as much potential as Anthony Joshua.
Will they or won't they keep Kimi Raikkonen remains the big talking point in the paddock, but Ferrari are not distracted by it as they have one clear goal: how to improve the car.
Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has confirmed she is available for selection for the forthcoming World Championships.
Britain’s Chris Froome was crowned Tour de France champion for the second time in his career as Andre Greipel picked up his fourth win of the race with an emphatic victory on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
From the very first lap there was excitement in Hungary, drama at Mercedes, and a Ferrari in P1 as Sebastian Vettel raced to only his second win of 2015 ahead of Daniil Kvyat.
Chris Froome survived a spirited Nairo Quintana fightback to secure his second Tour de France title as Frenchman Thibaut Pinot won stage 20 at Alpe d'Huez.
Lewis Hamilton made it nine out of 10 in terms of qualifying this season as he got the better of Nico Rosberg in Hungary while Ferrari won the battle of the best of the rest.
Sergio Perez walked away unscathed from a crash in Friday's practice for the Hungarian GP, a session topped by Lewis Hamilton.
Kimi Raikkonen is determined to bounce back from his Hungarian disappointment as he looks to secure his Ferrari seat for next season.
We have reached the halfway stage of the 2015 season and incredibly Sebastian Vettel still finds himself within striking distance of the title and the German is excited to see "where the journey" takes Ferrari.
After a string of poor team performances in the recent past, Sebastian Vettel's victory in Hungary was a much needed shot in the arm for Ferrari.
Police have opened fire on a motorist who crashed through the barriers on the final stage route at the Tour de France, according to reports.
Brazil claimed three team gold medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games on Saturday, while United States dominated the relays on the track.
Lewis Hamilton has reacted scathingly to what he sees as onlookers underestimating the risks attached with Formula One.
Lewis Hamilton was once again the driver to beat in Hungary, however, Red Bull came to the fore only for an engine failure to mar their progress.
Sauber have announced that Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr have both had their contracts extended to include the 2016 Formula 1 season.

Agones SFC and national team triathlete Fabio Spiteri claimed another international podium finish in a middle distance triathlon when he clocked fours hours 30 minutes and 43 seconds to claim silver in the 40-44 Age Group.
Joe Muscat claimed the All Malta Skeet event organized by the Malta Shooting Sport Federation.
For the second time in this year's edition of the Birkirkara St. Joseph 5k Road Running Series, it was a foreign athlete, this time from Portugal, who won the second race of the series in a time of sixteen minutes and five seconds.
This year’s Marsa Cricket Summer League will be a two round, 25 overs match league and contested by four teams.
For the second consecutive year the Malta Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness successfully organised its summer event ‘Battle on the Beach’.
Malta brushed aside Finland 5-1 in the Eurohockey Nations Championship.
Javier Pulido has won the second edition of the King of the Rock, after an exciting final with Milos Damjanovic infront of a big crowd.
Young Maltese driver Rodren Vella has won the second race at Anglesey Coastal Circuit in Wales leading the race from the second lap to the finish.
Results
Malta finished fourth in the Eurohockey Nations Championship IV after a 4-1 defeat to Lithuania in the play-off for third place.
The Malta Racketlon Open is now officially part of the FIR Racketlon World Tour 2015 and it will take place at the Marsa Club from Friday 2nd October til Sunday 4th October.
Malta made it to the semi-finals of the Eurohockey Nations Championship IV being played in Vilnius, Lithuania after beating Cyprus 3-1.
Over the weekend, a group of 18 tenpin bowlers from the MTBA National Youth and Junior Squads, all brimming with enthusiasm, participated in the British Junior Open organized at the Namco Funscape Bowling Centre, Norwich.
The Magic Marine 2015 Optimist European Championships got off to an exciting start on the 18th July in Pwllheli, North Wales.
Keith Galea (Birkirkara St. Joseph) and Hannah Pace (Pembroke Athleta) emerged winners of the first race of the Birkirkara St. Joseph Sprint Triathlon Series held in hot sweltering conditions.
Bahrija team claimed the FKNK-MSSF Shooting Team Event organized at Bidnija on Sunday.

Malta were pitted against former winners England in Group F in the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Aaron Cresswell expects West Ham to avoid a UEFA Europa League shock and seal their place in the third qualifying round when they take on Birkirkara in the second leg on Thursday.
The draws for the Youth FA U/15 and U/17 Leagues for the 2015-16 season, involving 45 football nurseries, were made on Monday at the Centenary Ground.
Hibernians set off on Sunday morning to Tel-Aviv for their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round clash against Israel side Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
James Tomkins spared West Ham's blushes with a 90th-minute winner as they laboured to a narrow victory over Maltese minnows Birkirkara in the second round of Europa League qualifying.
Emerson Marcellina has signed a three-year deal with Birkirkara, which sees the Brazilian moving on a permanent basis from Floriana.
The UEFA Referees’ Committee has appointed FIFA Referee Esther Azzopardi as one of 6 neutral referees at the 14th UEFA Women’s Under-19 Final Tournament being played in Israel from 15th to 27th July.
Marco Borg has established himself as one of the best FIFA Referees at the World University Games that are being played in the city of Gwangju in South Korea and it comes as no surprise that he has been appointed for the semi-final match being played on Saturday 11th July between Brazil and hosts South Korea.
The Melita Youth Nursery U17 and U13 teams have won the respective categories in the Munich Summer Cup 2015 organised by KOMM MIT at Hans Bayer Stadium in Unterschleissheim, Munich.
Hibernians were knocked out from the UEFA Champions League on a 6-3 aggregate after losing the return match 5-1 to Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Tuesday.
UEFA has appointed FIFA Referee Marco Borg to take charge of the Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round return leg match, between FC Differdange 03 and Trabzonspor A.Ş. being played in Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg on Thursday.
Hibernians face a trip to the Czech Republic in the next round of Champions League qualifying if they beat Israel side Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the second round.
Birkirkara are brimming with composure, spirit and confidence ahead of their potential first leg second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League clash with West Ham at Upton Park on Thursday.
Hibernians came from a goal down to beat Maccabi Tel-Aviv 2-1 in the first leg of their second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
UEFA has appointed FIFA Referee Alan Mario Sant as the referee in charge of the Champions League Second Qualifying Round First Leg match between FC Midtylland (Denmark) and Lincoln Red Imps FC (Gibraltar) being played on Tuesday 14th July at the MCH Arena in Herning, Denmark.
Birkirkara will meet English Premier League side West Ham in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League after beating away Ulisses FC of Armenia 3-1 in the return match of the first qualifying round on Thursday.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
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